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Old 30 January 2015, 16:28   #1
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Spotlights on a rib

So, after a few night-time navs last year using the garmin to get home I figured this season I might prefer to actually see something in front of me, as opposed to navigating 'blind'.

I have a 12v socket on the dash and seems a temporary spotlight mounted to the cockpit rail would be ideal - anyone used such a set up and got any recommendations?

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Old 30 January 2015, 16:34   #2
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We have a remote searchlight on our cruiser & it's no use at all as a headlight for general navigation. We occasionally use it for spotting mooring bouys but apart from that it just spoils your natural night vision
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...and got any recommendations?
Don't.

Spotlight night driving is not how it works. Use one for final approach to piers and moorings, but forget them for open water.
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So, after a few night-time navs last year using the garmin to get home I figured this season I might prefer to actually see something in front of me, as opposed to navigating 'blind'.

I have a 12v socket on the dash and seems a temporary spotlight mounted to the cockpit rail would be ideal - anyone used such a set up and got any recommendations?

Cheers,

715
I have an Aqua Signal (12v) hand held that's got me out of the Sticky Stuff a couple of times...well built and quite bright....(although the newer LED's might out preform it by now!?) you can mount it too if you like.
Although in my experience waves are seldom uniform in size or direction over any distance,and it pays to hold the lamp and keep the beam in your line of sight which is likely to change quite a bit!.. and I usually Helm one hand holding lamp and wheel.. and just take it easy!!
Its a real Bugger at night if it blows up and you can't see the Waves coming!..and without any sort of light,a bloody nightmare!
Something I wouldn't be without.
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if it lights up any part of the tubes or deck it will reduce your night vision to zip.

If you had a tight enough beam and a good solid roof on a robust t-top or cabin then maybe, that how the pros can do it.

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Don't.

Spotlight night driving is not how it works. Use one for final approach to piers and moorings, but forget them for open water.
If you do some long Cruiseing...Sometimes there is no choice..and a good lamp certainly helps!!...as opposed to none!
A good safety tool to carry in any case for many reasons for sure.
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If you do some long Cruiseing...
Yeah, what are my chances....?
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On an open RIB they are not of any use in my opinion.
I used to have a fixed spot on the front of the console but now keep a handheld that plugs in for final approach.
Unless you can stop reflections off the bow tubes they just destroy your night vision, even the nav lights on the console I used to have did the same.
I moved these to the back on the frame and turn all the nav plotter lights to minimum, your natural night vision once acclimatised, is way better.
I used to do 20 mile passages on the west coast in the pitch black no problem like this with no shore lights visible.
Keep the spots for final approach where you need to see in the dark to see the actual edge of the slip or find the bouy.
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and I usually Helm one hand holding lamp and wheel.
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Its a real Bugger at night if it blows up and you can't see the Waves coming!
So what do you do when you see the waves coming but have no hand to adjust the throttle?
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So what do you do when you see the waves coming but have no hand to adjust the throttle?

You get an excellent view of the tubes being ripped off the bow as it stuffs!!
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